The Role of Dental Hygiene in Caries Management: A New Paradigm

Authors: Young, Douglas A.1; Lyon, Lucinda1; Azevedo, Shelly2

Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene, 5 July 2010, vol. 84, no. 3, pp. 121-129(9)

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Purpose: Dental caries is the most common disease of children and remains a significant oral health problem worldwide for both children and adults. The traditional paradigm of treating dental caries solely by “drilling and filling,” brushing and flossing and lowering sugar intake has evolved. Current science in the management of dental caries suggests a clear focus on the reduction of responsible infectious agents, remineralization of non–cavitated lesions and minimally invasive restorative approaches whenever possible. The paradigm shift is away from a purely surgical approach toward more preventive and curative clinical protocols. This paper provides a review of this caries management methodology and explores the role of the dental hygienist in this paradigm change.

Keywords: CAMBRA; CARIES BALANCE; MINIMALLY INVASIVE DENTISTRY; NON–CAVITATED LESION; REMINERALIZATION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Dental Practice, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry 2: Department of Periodontics, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Publication date: July 5, 2010

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